3 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 38 points (0.2%) at 16,171 as of Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,939 issues advancing vs. 967 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Tenaris ( TS), down 3.9%, and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ( SNP), down 2.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. PetroChina ( PTR) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, PetroChina is down $0.78 (-0.7%) to $104.63 on average volume. Thus far, 70,695 shares of PetroChina exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 183,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.40-$104.99 after having opened the day at $104.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.41.

PetroChina Company Limited produces and sells oil and gas in the People's Republic of China. The company operates in four segments: Exploration and Production, Refining and Chemicals, Marketing, and Natural Gas and Pipeline. PetroChina has a market cap of $189.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate PetroChina a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PetroChina as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full PetroChina Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ecopetrol S.A ( EC) is down $0.50 (-1.4%) to $35.50 on light volume. Thus far, 98,352 shares of Ecopetrol S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 659,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.49-$36.10 after having opened the day at $35.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.00.

13 Exploration & Production / Refining & Marketing. Ecopetrol S.A has a market cap of $75.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 4.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Ecopetrol S.A a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecopetrol S.A as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Ecopetrol S.A Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation ( COG) is down $2.48 (-6.3%) to $36.80 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.7 million shares of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.29-$38.54 after having opened the day at $38.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.28.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the development, exploitation, exploration, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG).

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